Tools & Tips

How to ‘stretch’ a recipe

Adding extra sauce or gravy to any dish is one of the quickest simplest ways to increase the yield of any recipe. Now, I’m not suggesting that you try to ‘stretch’ 10 servings to meat to 15 by adding more gravy but an extra serving or 3 can be had with just a little water and thickener. The thickener will vary depending on what you’re cooking but the method is the same regardless. The slideshow and base recipe below will show you how.

For Savory recipes and sauces use:
Mixer: butter, pan drippings, braising liquid, oil.
Thickener: flour, cornstarch, carrageen

For sweet recipes or dessert sauces use:
Mixer: fruit juice, flavored syrup
Thickener: pectin, cornstarch
Mix 1 part mixer with 2 parts thickener until smooth. Slowly stir in water or additional juice. If you are making a savory gravy, add more of the base seasonings (onion, salt, pepper, garlic, etc) when you add the water. Simmer gravy, while stirring with a wooden spoon or whisk, over low fire until thickened and bubbly. Stir sauce into main ingredient (fruit, meat, vegetables) and simmer for a few minutes to meld flavors.

Saltfish (aka baccala, dried fish, bacalhau or bacalao) is a big part of Caribbean cuisine. As such there are countless saltfish recipes out there. But. If you’ve never prepared saltfish a good thing can good bad very easily. This 2-minute video show you just how easy it is to get it just right. For authentic Caribbean Saltfish recipes click here

Knowing how to peel and prepare green bananas is a necessary party of Caribbean cookery. This quick 90-second tutorial shows you just how quick and easy it is to do. For easy to follow, step by step green banana recipes click here

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